Soups and Stews

Oct. 17, 2017, noon


HOW TO MAKE SOUP WITHOUT A RECIPE
From Modern Alternative Momma

INGREDIENTS
1) CHOOSE YOUR FAT
Start with some type of healthy fat like butter or olive oil.  This is to sauté any root vegetables or other initial flavors.  Pick whatever you have on hand that will mesh well with your flavors. Choose olive oil if you want to make an “Italian” soup with a tomato base, and butter if you are making a cream soup; otherwise it’s a toss up.)
2) CHOOSE YOUR BASE
What do you have on hand?  Chicken, beef, or fish stock?  Tomato purée?  Cream or milk?  Choose one — or two.  Stock mixed with tomato purée is delicious, as is stock with milk.  Or even cream with tomato purée!  You choose the flavors you want.
3) CHOOSE YOUR MEAT
If you want meat, that is.  Is this a chicken soup?  Ground beef (like a chili, or made into meatballs)?&nb...


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Sheet Pan Dinners

Oct. 3, 2017, noon


The object of this lesson is to teach you how to make a complete dinner on a sheet pan. Here are some things you need to know:

1. I like to cover my sheet pans with parchment paper. Aluminum has been shown to be connected with breast cancer and Alzheimer's so I don't like to cook on aluminum sheet pans without parchment. If your sheet pans are stainless steel you don't have to worry about that.
2. You can get half sheet pans and lots of other kitchen equipment at AceMart Restaurant Supply. There are many locations. I buy parchment paper there, tongs, leftover containers, etc. Love this place!
3. You can use any kind of meat (even meatloaf) and any kind of vegetables your family likes.
Here are some combination ideas:
- Roast whole chicken, Hasselback potatoes (remember we did these last year), zucchini
- Meatloaf, green beans, red potatoes
- Salmon, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes
- Pork tenderloin, asparagus, broccoli
- Chicken thigh...


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Apple Crostata

Sept. 19, 2017, noon


In the Fall, I think of apples.  I usually try to teach some recipe that includes apples.  Plus, apple pie is definitely a comfort food and we need that right now.

This recipe is from Barefoot Contessa and I have made it over and over using different kinds of fruit.  Enjoy!

APPLE CROSTATA

For the crust:
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated or superfine sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 pound (1 stick) very cold unsalted butter, diced
2 tablespoons ice water
OR
1 refrigerated pie crust

For the filling:
1 1/2 pounds apples (3 large)
1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup granulated or superfine sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced


For the pastry, place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor...


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Next Week in Divine Design - Apple Crostatas

Sept. 14, 2017, 3:54 p.m.


Fall is here no matter what the weather temperature is.  Fall makes me think of apples.  I make this apple crostata all the time.  It is so easy and delicious.

Watch your email for what to bring to class.

See you Tuesday!

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